Energetics reviewed the City of Raleigh's fleet operations and developed an implementation plan to increase the use of alternative fuel vehicles in the City’s fleet of more than 1,900 vehicles.
Through Energetics’ recommendations, alternative fuel and/or hybrid vehicles would replace conventionally fueled vehicles in certain vehicle classes or functions when the vehicles have reached the optimal life cycle.
Energetics worked with the U.S. Department of Energy’s Vehicle Technologies Office to hold an information-gathering workshop and develop a technical report to address a special Congressional reporting requirement on dual fuel and alternative fuel technologies for heavy trucks.
Energetics worked with Argonne National Laboratory on a technical analysis project to examine how frequent on–off cycles for idle reduction affect a vehicle starting system.
Energetics determined that normal cycles of turning an engine off and back on would not shorten the life of the starting system. Most drivers can turn the engine off if they are going to be stationary for more than two minutes without incurring any significant repair costs.